— DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Barkley Bridge Elementary student Effie Mae Hagemann never imagined a temporary moment of clumsiness would land her a spot on national television.
It was an ordinary day in March when Hagemann turned on her webcam to practice her song-and-dance routine for the school talent show.
Against her parent's rules, the 10-year-old performed a backbend and lost her balance, causing a dresser in her bedroom to come crashing to the floor.
The then fourth-grader hastily cleaned up the mess, fearful she would get in trouble. She then turned to the webcam and said, "Pretend like you didn't see that."
"To look at it makes you think, 'How does she not have a concussion or is at least knocked out?' " said Cindy Hagemann, Effie Mae's mother and a Barkley Bridge reading coach. "She gets up in the video like she can't believe she's alive."
ABC network producers plan to air the clip at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 on "America's Funniest Home Videos." The nearly two-minute video was considered earlier this month for a $10,000 grand prize, but didn't make the cut.
Producers from the 22-year-old TV show called Effie Mae's father, Kris, in September to inform the family that her video had been selected.
Effie Mae, an aspiring actress, said she films songs, dances and skits with her brother, Stinnett, 6, using her webcam and iPad and posts them on her YouTube channel.
"My brother was excited, but was upset he didn't make a funny video, too," she said. "He made me post three videos of him to 'America's Funniest Home Videos' so he could be on the show."
Effie Mae's family, friends and church members will gather to watch the clip when it airs.